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                                Alfred Apaka, pictured with his wife, Edna Blake Apaka, was the headline entertainer at Kaiser’s Hawaiian Village (now Hilton Hawaiian Village).

Hawaiian music icon Alfred Apaka remembered 60 years after his death

Hawaiian music icon Alfred Apaka remembered 60 years after his death

Things We Love

                                Aiea playwright and author, aka “Da Pidgin Guerrilla,” Lee A. Tonouchi shares some Christmas gift ideas for da keiki! He’s holding one of the little plush keychain characters you can get from your favorite Island Heritage children’s picture books.
5 Tings We Love: Christmas gift ideas for da keiki

Aiea playwright and author, aka “Da Pidgin Guerrilla,” Lee A. Tonouchi shares some Christmas gift ideas for da keiki! Read more

She Speaks

                                The Backstreet Boys performed at the Neal Blaisdell Arena for their “DNA World Tour.”
She Speaks: Will Hawaii concertgoers ever get to see today’s popular music stars?

In recent years, we’ve seen plenty of ’90s-era performers announcing shows in Hawaii. Wouldn’t it be refreshing if performers at the height of their success — such as Adele, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Lizzo, Maroon 5, Shawn Mendes, just to name a few — announced concerts in Hawaii? Read more

In the Lineup

In the Lineup: Ownership aside, Tonggs sea wall belongs to surfers

Nowadays, I also get glares from vacation renters in the waterfront houses. ­Every time I walk the wall I miss the warm, neighborly local families who lived here before. Read more

Five-0 Redux

                                Part of the Five-0 team as they work a case from earlier this year — (from left to right) Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), Danny Williams (Scott Caan), Junior Reigns (Beulah Koale), Adam (Ian Anthony Dale), and Lou Grover (Chi McBride).
Five-0 Redux: A midseason rewind of ‘Hawaii Five-0’ season 10

After ten years, “Hawaii Five-0” has certainly earned its spot as a celebrated veteran television show, as long-time fans continue to watch the show each season and many new fans join their ranks. Read more

On the Scene

                                Radford High School graduate Kapena Kea has a prominent supporting role in Netflix’s docuseries “Cheer.”
On the Scene: Kapena Kea helps take cheerleading to new heights in Netflix’s ‘Cheer’

Kapena Kea has a prominent supporting role in “Cheer,” a gripping, six-part Netflix docuseries on the Navarro cheerleading team as it prepares to compete for another national championship. Read more

Garden Party

Hawaii Kai duo grow an oasis that benefits the body and soul

The garden keeps them busy but provides plenty of benefits for this engaging couple. Read more

Hawaii Gardens

                                Tiare, or Tahitian gardenia, makes a lei that can last for several days. Pictured is a lei made from rainbow plumeria and tiare buds.
Hawaii Gardens: Deadheading plants boosts blooms and control pests

Deadheading helps you groom your plants, so you can rub or cut off the pest-infested parts. Read more


K-Drama: Nanjeong’s greed results in a setup on ‘Flower in Prison’

This week’s synopses of Korean dramas televised on KBFD TV. Read more

                                Duke Kahanamoku.
Rearview Mirror: Duke Kahanamoku’s birthplace is open to debate

In November I wrote about the 1869 Hawaii visit of Prince Alfred, the Duke of Edinburgh. Read more


Benefit seeks to help Kauai lifeguards save more lives

Ticket sales for the Ocean Safety Bureau and the Kauai Lifeguard Association’s fifth annual fundraiser on July 27, have been slower than usual. Read more

Show Biz

                                Judi Dench stars as Old Deuteronomy in “Cats,” co-written and directed by Tom Hooper.
Show Biz: Movie offers few whiffs of catnip for those who adore ‘Cats’

‘Cats” collected horrible reviews and was a dog in attendance over the recent holidays. Read more

Wood Craft

Longtime entertainment writer Ben Wood says ‘aloha’

Longtime entertainment writer Ben Wood, approaching his 86th birthday, recalls his colorful newspaper career as he steps back from his regular column. Read more

Book Reviews

‘Hawai‘i Movie and Television Book’ chronicles local contributions

A new 2018 edition of the book adds 13 classic films, along with feature films, TV shows and documentaries released since the original version was published in 2015. Read more

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